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« on: July 10, 2009, 10:58 AM »

Hello Watty,

One of the many things I can't do on a Rev, is to do spins (pinwheels?) where the center of the kite holds position. It looks like it takes some kind of punching action with the arms to achieve this effect.

Please make one of your excellent videos showing how to achieve this spin. And maybe as a bonus, show us how to hold any portion of the kite as the center of revolution (pun intended). Perhaps tape a quarter at a few random spots on the kite and then spin, showing the quarter holding a somewhat still position.

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2009, 06:08 PM »


Until you get your video, I'll try and talk you through it. That punching motion is alternately pulling the top wing towards you when the kite is sideways to maintain lift and altitude.
Lets start with a normal hover (not inverted). As you slowly counter rotate your wrists to make the kite spin, pull back on the rising wing. When the kite goes 180 (inverted), you will need to be giving brake to maintain altitude. If you are still counter rotating (and you should be), when the other wing rises, pull it back. Not enough and the kite sinks, too much and it rises. This is just like vertical side slides. The wobbles will be not enough or too much of something. Try to do everything as slow as you can to begin with. You'll have time to figure out what the kite needs and what you might be doing wrong. Yeah, it could happen.  Huh Good luck, miss you.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2009, 10:54 PM »

When you say a spin are you referring to a bicycle spin? (The kite spins on the center). If so, I already have a video for that.
Bicycle Spin


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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2009, 11:00 PM »

This one could help too

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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2009, 01:59 PM »

John, if this is what you mean I find it best practiced by breaking down the spin into 4 parts.... that is, a 90 degree turn of the kite 4 times. But it's certainly _much_ more difficult to move the kite in 4 separate turns and stopping each time (very much a precision move).... I'm just saying that it's easier to think about the hand movements by breaking it down like that. Practice the hand movements for the 90 degree turn and then slowly put 4 of them together.

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